Photo Flash: To the Lifeboats! TITANIC Sails Into Opening in Newtown

TITANIC the Musical Presented April 20 to 26 Story and Book by Peter Stone, Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston Newtown Arts Company presents TITANIC, the moving musical play depicting the quintessential disaster of the 20th century, April 20 to 26 at Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State Street, Newtown, PA 18940.

As described by Peter Stone, in the early hours of April 15, 192, a total of 1,517 souls - men, women and children - lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world - called, in fact, the "unsinkable" ship - should have been lost during its maiden voyage was unimaginable. But the catastrophe had social ramifications that went far beyond that night's events. For the first time since the beginning of the industrial revolution early in the 19th Century, bigger, faster and stronger did not prove automatically to be better. Suddenly the very essence of "progress" had to be questioned; might the advancement of technology not always be progress? And the accommodations of the ship, divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes, mirrored almost exactly the class structure (upper, middle and lower) of the English-speaking world.

But when the wide discrepancy between the number of survivors from each of the ship's classes was revealed-all but two of the women in 1st Class were saved while 155 women and children from 2nd and 3rd (mostly 3rd) drowned - there was a new, long-overdue scrutiny of the prevailing social system and its values. The musical play TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama.

Directed by James McCrane and produced by Nancy Pickering with musical direction by Susan den Outer and vocal direction by Heather Brewer, the cast features George Hartpence (Captain E.J. Smith), Joe McKernan (Thomas Andrews, ship designer), Nicholas Pecht (Bruce Ismay, White Star Liner owner), Amelia Arrigo (Kate McGowen) and Scott Fegley (Henry Etches).

Performances: April 20, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; April 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m.; and April 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $25 for Front Reserved, $22 for Rear Reserved; $37 for Row I with extra legroom; $2 discount for groups of 10+. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-838-3006 (service charge applies). For more information, email tickets@newtownartscompany.com or call 215-860-7058. TITANIC is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, INC.

high res photos Photo Flash: To the Lifeboats! TITANIC Sails Into Opening in Newtown
Pictured Left to Right: Shelley Lieberman, Rick Speer, Emily Solomon, Liam McKernan, Matthew Snyder, Dori Mcrane and Jeff Pilchman Photo Flash: To the Lifeboats! TITANIC Sails Into Opening in Newtown
Left to Right: Scott Fegley, Nicholas Pecht and George Hartpence. Photo Flash: To the Lifeboats! TITANIC Sails Into Opening in Newtown
Left to Right: Joe McKernan, Matthew Snyder, Tim Costello, Rick Speer. Photo Flash: To the Lifeboats! TITANIC Sails Into Opening in Newtown
Natalie Taptykoff Photo Flash: To the Lifeboats! TITANIC Sails Into Opening in Newtown
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